Mega Millions $206 Million Jackpot Remains Unclaimed

 
on December 29 2011 9:21 AM
Lucky ticket-holder comes forward but plans to stay anonymous, lottery officials say.
Lucky ticket-holder comes forward but plans to stay anonymous, lottery officials say. Mega Millions

The winning $206 million Mega Millions jackpot remains unclaimed -- though players have 180 days to claim winning tickets.

Yet the winning ticket drawn Tuesday night in the Mega Millions lottery, bought at a market in Long Island, New York, was still unclaimed as of Thursday morning.

Earlier this week a $77 million Georgia Powerball ticket sold over the summer expired without a winner having claimed it. In this week's Mega Millions drawing, the days are counting down.

The ticket was bought at King Kullen store in Middle Island. For the New York resident that purchased the ticket, it was a belated Christmas gift worth $206 million from Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing as it matched all six numbers -- as long as they cash it in.

It is the second time this year that a ticket sold in New York hit a Mega Millions jackpot worth more than $200 million. The last one came in June, when 20 co-workers from a Long Island Costco store split a $201.9 million price in the multi-state lottery.

A Georgia player in the multi-state game also won $250,000 in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing by matching the first five numbers drawn, including 23, 32, 33, 39, and 43. But only the player in New York had those five numbers plus the Mega Ball of 8 for the big win.

With the jackpot, Friday's Mega Millions game is reset to $12 million.

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